Not only people can go hungry when faced with hard times. Baltimore Humane Society is opening the Bmore Kind Pet Food Bank on Wednesday, December 3rd. Anyone in need who is unable to pay for their pet’s food is welcome to receive help from the new food bank. Part of the no-kill shelter’s mission is to end the homelessness of pets in our community and it hopes that the pet food bank will help pet owners who have fallen on hard times to be able to keep their pets.
Two Baltimore Humane Society staff members – Cattery Manager, Claudia Lescalleette, and Animal Care Technician, Krystal Bopst – came up with the idea for the pet food bank when they noticed a lot of members of the community calling and coming to the shelter looking for help to feed their pets. Once the idea was hatched, the next step was to find a donor for the actual storage facility for the food bank. That’s when MaxAir Heating & Air Conditioning stepped up to be the sponsor. MaxAir donated the shed for the Bmore Kind Pet Food Bank. It also generously donated a new HVAC system in the Baltimore Humane Society Spay, Neuter, & Vaccine Clinic.
“To help pet owners who may not be able to purchase food for their pet because of hard times was a no brainer. We are happy to help so that people don’t have to give their family pet up for adoption,” says MaxAir owner Tracey Shipman.
Baltimore Humane Society is asking the community to help support the shelter and its Bmore Kind Food Bank with donations. Because the non-profit receives no operational funding from any government or national humane society, it relies heavily on the public’s support. Donations of dry cat and dog food, any brand, are especially desired for the food bank. Science Diet brand, canned or dry, is needed for the shelter animals.
“The hope is that with this help,” says Ms. Bopst, “these people will be able to keep their beloved pets with them until they can get back on their feet again. Pets are important parts of people’s families. We don’t want to see their owners forced to give them up.
Anyone in financial need is welcome to use the Bmore Kind Pet Food Bank. They can come once a month at their convenience during regular operating hours. Baltimore Humane Society will then portion out a month’s supply of food for the number and size of pets that each person has.
The Bmore Kind Pet Food Bank Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place at 10am on Wednesday, December 3rd on the grounds of Baltimore Humane Society. MaxAir owners Mike Quigley, Tracey Shipman, and Randy Bosley along with Baltimore Humane Society Executive Director, Jen Swanson, will cut the ribbon. The public and press is invited.
The Baltimore Humane Society, founded in 1927 by Mrs. Elsie Seeger Barton, is an independent, non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, which offers low-cost veterinary care to the public, and a pet cemetery with grief support services. We receive no operational funding from the local or federal governments, or any national animal welfare organizations. For more information about BHS, and how you can contribute, volunteer, adopt, or foster, please visit www.bmorehumane.org or call 410-833-8848.